Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – The Posts and Telecommunications Division on Thursday approved a proposal of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for appointing administrators for mobile operators Grameenphone (GP) and Robi.
Posts, Telecommunications Division Minister Mustafa Jabbar told UNB over cell phone that BTRC had sent a proposal for appointing administrators or receivers which has been approved.
The further details will be available at BTRC, he said.
Earlier on September 18, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that the disputes of GP and Robi with BTRC over outstanding dues will be resolved within two or three weeks through discussions.
GP has Tk 12,579.95 crore in dues to the government, including Tk 4,085.95 crore to the National Board of Revenue (NBR), while Robi has Tk 867.23 crore to the government, including Tk 197.21 crore to the NBR alone, as per a BTRC audit.
GP and Robi filed two cases against BTRC with the Dhaka Civil Court on August 26 and August 25 respectively for its alleged faulty audit reports exaggerating the dues of the operators.
On September 5, BTRC issued show-causes notices to GP and Robi seeking explanation as to why their 2G and 3G licences should not be revoked for failure to pay dues.
Earlier, BTRC stopped issuing fresh NOCs (no objection certificates) to GP and Robi over the row about dues to the government.
However, it backtracked from the decision later.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – The High Court has directed the authorities concerned to move the mobile phone companies’ towers, or Base Transceiver Stations used for cellular transmission, from densely populated areas across the country within 4 months, according to a recently published complete copy of an HC verdict.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order on April 25 considering the health risks posed to people by radiation in the vicinity of the towers, after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Right and Peace for Bangladesh.
The complete copy of the order which was published on Tuesday also presented a 12-point direction which should be implemented within four months, said the petitioner Manzil Murshid.
Khondokar Reza-i-Rakin stood for Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) while Deputy Attorney General Kazi Zinat Haque represented the state.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday unveiled the cover of an 11-volume compilation of book titled “Ninth Jatiya Sangsad: Prime Minister’s Question-Answer” at her office here.
In the book, the readers will be able to know about the characteristics of Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina’s deep wisdom, determination and willingness to build the country apart from a comprehensive concept about the massive development that took place in various sectors in the country.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim acted as the chief editor of the compilation while PM’s Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam compiled and edited it.
Director General of the Department of Films and Publications Mohammad Ishtaque Hossain made the overall management of the compilation in association with PM’s Assistant Press Secretary MM Emrul Kayas.
The 9th parliamentary elections were held on December 29, 2008. The Awami League-led Grand Alliance secured absolute majority in the polls.
Sheikh Hasina took the charge of prime minister for the second time on January 6, 2009.
She introduced the prime minister’s question-answer session for the first time in Parliament to give the parliamentary democracy an institutional shape.
Because of her sincere efforts, the trend of filling the chairman posts of parliamentary standing committees of ministries from general members instead of ministers concerned was introduced to ensure transparency and accountability of different ministries.
These epoch-making initiatives helped make the government activities more transparent and accountable.
Rangamati, Oct 17 (UNB) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday issued a strong warning that those who are involved in bloodletting and extortion in hills will face stern actions as the government is committed to restoring peace in the Chattogram Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) at any cost.
“The government is working to maintain peace in the hilly areas. Peace will be ensured here at any cost,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting on law-and-order situation of the three hill districts.
The minister further said, “Those who indulge in extortion, murder and terrorism in the hills await terrible days ahead. We’ll surely find out all those are involved in terrorism, and no one will be spared from the hands of law enforcers.”
Even, he said, those who are backing the terrorists will be put on trial with the help of local people.
Chittagong Hill Tracts Ministry organised the meeting at Rangamati Ethnic Minority Cultural Institute.
The Home Minister said the CHT is a unique place in the world for its natural beauty while people have long been living in the region maintaining communal harmony. “It’s not expected that unrest will be instigated here for a handful of people.”
He said they will take every necessary measure to improve the law-and-order situation in the region following the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “The people of the region want peace…the Prime Minister will do whatever is necessary to maintain peace here.”
Stating that law enforcers are now very skilled and powerful enough in tackling any challenge, Asaduzzaman said extortion and showdown of illegal arms will be brought to an in the CHT.
He also said the Prime Minister has announced a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ against narcotics, and the law enforcers are working to implement it.
Dipankar Takuldar, MP, Kujendra Lal Tripura, MP, Senior Secretary to the Home Ministry Kamal Uddin, Inspector General of Police Dr Md Jabed Patwary, Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed, and senior civil and military officials were, among others, present at the meeting with State Minister for CHT Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing in the chair.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – The International Crimes Tribunal will deliver its verdict any day in a case against war criminal Abdus Sattar alias Tipu Sultan of Rajshahi for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
The three-member tribunal headed by Md Shahinur Islam kept the verdict pending on Thursday after the completion of trial procedure in the case.
Prosecutor Md Mokhlesur Rahman Badal, Sabina Yasmin Khan Munni and Tapash Kanti Bal represented the state while Gazi MH Tamim argued for the accused.
Tipu Sultan along with five others was accused in the case for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. He is the lone alive accused in the case.
Investigation officer Md Helaluddin submitted a 420-page report after investigating the allegations against him on March 27 2018.